An Artist, A Puffin, and a Cowboy | A Harlequin Trio

No better way to kick off the weekend than with three hot hot hot romance novel recommendations. Go crazy, kids!


Flirting with Disaster by Victoria DahlFlirting with Disaster by Victoria Dahl ( web | tweet )
Part of the Girl’s Night Out series.
Published January 24, 2015 by Harlequin HQN
Pages: 384
Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley.
Last reviewed: Looking for Trouble

I’m inspired to shove a Victoria Dahl romance novel under the nose of anyone who thinks this genre is all about damsels in distress and a sappy love story. In fact, as I started this book, all I could think is: I wonder what kind of bad ass thing Isabelle is going to surprise me with. That’s not something I typically think when I open others.

Here’s the story: Isabelle is the daughter of a fugitive, but hiding out in Jackson Hole with a new name and a new life — a life with great girlfriends and a decent career as an anatomical painter. (A cool detail, right?) She’s feeling pretty good until a U.S. marshal named Tom knocks on her door. She’s positive he is out to get her. He’s not, but even so she doesn’t completely trust him and he’s a little suspicious of her. But the questions he has about her doesn’t stop him from conveniently stopping by her place to make sure she’s locking up. Not surprisingly, as it happens in every single Dahl novel, the chemistry is off the charts, bordering out of control. I loved it, but what I loved more is how confident Isabelle is about her body and her sexuality and how she even tells Tom that it took a long time for her to get there. Why is it acceptable for guys to be open about what they want and not as much for females? So true, and also the main reason why I’m enjoying the Girl’s Night Out series so much. These girls are in charge and aren’t afraid to show it.

When Isabelle’s secret is revealed will she still have her best friends? What will happen with Tom? Victoria Dahl once again gave me a smart, suspenseful, and sexy novel; she continues to be such a fresh voice in my romance reading and I can’t wait for her next book!

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First Time in Forever by Sarah MorganFirst Time in Forever by Sarah Morgan ( web | tweet )
Part of the Puffin Island series.
Published February 24, 2015 from Harlequin HQN
Pages: 384
Format read: ARC provided by Publisher via NetGalley.

An ice cream shop, a cute seaside community, and great gal pal friendships: these are just a few of the highlights in Sarah Morgan’s latest. Once a workaholic in New York City locked in a boring relationship, Emily finds herself the guardian of her estranged sister’s daughter and hiding out at her best friend’s cottage on Puffin Island. Apprehensive about her abilities to care for her niece, Emily’s first shaky plan is to keep to herself as much as possible but finds it difficult in a sweet, nosey community like Puffin Island. There’s also the added complication of: Ryan. When a friend enlists him to “watch out for her”, she can’t deny her attraction to him or just how much she needs his support. A tad repetitive throughout, First Time in Forever was filled with aww moments between friends and neighbors and great chemistry between two characters who needed a leap. There was a little too much “but he would never want to make this kind of commitment” doubts going on especially for someone as savvy and smart as Emily but, in the end, I adored this introduction to Puffin Island and the addition layer of watching a woman and a young kind seek out balance and trust in one another.

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Part Time Cowboy by Maisey YatesPart Time Cowboy by Maisey Yates (web | tweet )
Part of the Cooper Ridge series.
Publication Date: March 31, 2015 from Harlequin HQN
Pages: 400
Format read: ARC paperback provided by Publisher. (Thanks!)

What a switcheroo! A rebellious woman returning to her hometown to start a B&B (after deciding being a therapist isn’t her thing) and a hunky sheriff who has zero sense of humor, never smiles, and never picks up on sexual innuendo… Part Time Cowboy was fun from the start. I loved the backstory, the snappy dialogue, the home improvement plans, and the crazy intense love hate relationship between Sadie and Eli. They could not stand in each other, and I don’t remember the last time I read a romance novel where the chemistry was so high and the two had no desire to be in the same room together — excerpt well, they kind of did WANT each other but they didn’t want to want each other even more. Do you get me? Good.

Did I mention there’s a cat? Yes, Sadie has a cat named Toby, who is basically her closest friend. A tough childhood inspired her to run off to anywhere that wasn’t Cooper Ridge and yet she lands smack dab in the place she could never stand with the opportunity to mend friendships, overcome her past, and start fresh in a way. Eli is the complete opposite in ways; he’s remained and served the people of Cooper Ridge but not without feeling like he carries the burden of the world on his shoulders. He needs to let go, and she needs to find forgiveness but can they help each other get to where they need to be? Not only does Yates spin a sexy story, she builds a gradual bond between the two causing them to question the boundaries they’ve built for themselves. I was addicted to the every end, and immediately added the rest of the Cooper Ridge series to my reading list.

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4 thoughts on “An Artist, A Puffin, and a Cowboy | A Harlequin Trio

  1. Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook says:

    I have never read Victoria Dahl but I really want too! I think I have one of her ebooks. I’m glad to hear that you really like them. I need to move her books to the top of my TBR.

    And Part Time Cowboy totally looks up my alley. I’m adding it to my TBR right now. I love that cover.

  2. Leah says:

    You had me at cowboy ♥ & I’m super curious about Victoria Dahl – I follow her on twitter and absolutely adore her (and her naughty, naughty ways) so I can only imagine what her books are like!

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